A loan of $1,325 helped to buy agricultural supplies.

Maria Rubenia's story

Maria Rubenia is a very tenacious and very hard-working woman. She has 12 children; only two are dependent upon her. She and her husband work together in agriculture growing corn, beans, and coffee. The family tends to the crops daily in order to get ahead. It is their means of income, and they need to keep the crops healthy and protected from pests and diseases.

In her youth Maria Rubenia did not have the opportunity to go to school because her parents had few financial resources. Therefore, at a very young age she decided to learn to work in the field.

As a mother, her dreams are to see her last two children grow up in a different atmosphere and to try to give them the best level of education. This is because they did not have the opportunity to go to school in their youth. As a coffee producer, she dreams of trying to cultivate the parcels of land that are still not cultivated. This way she will be able to generate better and greater income in order to have a better lifestyle. Also, her children will always have everything they need as she will be supporting them in their education.

Maria Rubenia now needs financial help, which she will use to buy fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides, fungicides, compost, and leaf insecticides. With these she will be able to provide maintenance to her coffee crops so that this season will be better than the previous one.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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